Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Delhi Persian 1034 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library


1 copy of Zubdat al-maqāmāt

Language(s): Persian and Arabic

Rare hagiography of the NaqshbandīṢūfī saint Khvājah Muḥammad al-Bāqī [ibn ʿAbd al-Salām] al-Uvaysī al-Naqshbandī(d. 1012/1603), better known as Shaykh ʿAbd al-Bāqī, who was also the spiritual preceptor of the Mujaddidī Naqshbandīsaint, Shaykh Aḥmad Fārūqī(d. 1034/1624), written by an unnamed author (from Central Asia) who is an ardent follower of Shaykh Burhān al-Dīn "Gharīb"and supplies valuable information on contemporary seventeenth-century social life and religious networks.

The work was written at the request of Amīr Muḥammad Nuʿmān, the khalīfah or successor of the sheikh at Burhānpūr( Deccan), begun 1031/1622 and completed after nearly two years in the vicinity of Lāhawrunder the guidance of Mawlānā ʿAbd al-Muʾmin Lāhawrī.

The work is comprised of two sections termed maqṣad with further subdivisions into faṣl, etcetera.

Dated colophon, damaged (f. 314v): completed by 5 Shaʿbān 11[0]5/1 April 1694.

Related and unrelated detached notes and fragments bound following the colophon.

Neat nastaʿlīq-i khafī.

Rebound in a IOL red leather binding, date stamped 15[05]1981.

Folios and fragments entirely remounted in new margins, with fine gauze overlay throughout. Substantial losses from margins, catchwords, and annotations; wormholes; stains.

IOL microfilm 3141.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 315 ff. (+18)
Dimensions (leaf): 252 × 185 in.



Origin: 5_Sha'ban_1105 AH; 1 April 1694 CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

Purchased by the Government of India at sale organised by Delhi Prize Agents, 1859; administrative deposit India Office Library, 1876


Government of India


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